Rowena Gilbert

“My ceramic work is above all else, a celebration of the natural world informed by my daily observations, travels and life in my coastal hometown. I enjoy the duality of mixing precision with playfulness; many layers of clay slips are built upon in a highly controlled manner, whereas the bold markings etched into the surface and the brushed glazes are added with impulsivity and freedom.

My focus is on exploring the language of abstraction to evoke the elemental power and ever-shifting dynamism of nature, communicating not through narrative and figurative forms, but through mood and momentum.”


• 2002 – University of Brighton, BA Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Crafts (Major in Ceramics)
• 1999 – Brighton College of Technology, BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies in Art & Design
• 1998 – Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, A Levels in Fine Art, Fashion & Textiles, Design & Technology, Mathematics

• 2016 The Sussex Guild of Professional Designer Makers – Selected Guild Member
• 2013 Craft&Design Magazine Selected Award Finalist – Ceramics
• 2011 Craft&Design Magazine Selected Award Finalist – Ceramics
• 2002 The Best Up and Coming Local Artist Award, Brighton & Hove

• Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove
• New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
• Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
• The Crafts Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
• Northern Lights Gallery, Cumbria
• The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
• Tayberry Gallery, Perth, Scotland
• The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
• Henley Royal Regatta Gallery, Steward’s Enclosure, Henley on Thames

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